Principal: Choctaw students 'removed' in pair of racist incidents


    Several students have been removed from Choctaw High School in a pair of separate, racist incidents.

    According to Choctaw High School Principal Michael James, district officials were made aware of graffiti on the inside of a boys bathroom stall. The graffiti "contained racial/ethnic slurs."

    James says the school resource officer launched an investigation and identified the students involved. Those students were removed.

    Officials were then made aware of a racist video posted on social media from another student. The video contained explicit and racially derogatory language.

    Principal James confirmed that student has also been identified and removed from the school.

    In a statement released to FOX 25, Principal James said "CHS will not tolerate inappropriate remarks of a derogatory nature to be made towards any race or ethnic group. We have been able to identify those responsible due to our student body providing critical information. We ask that you help us as we move forward to not let the actions of three people destroy the positive culture built at CHS. Please share with your child the importance of appropriate speech and respect for all people."

    In a second statement to FOX 25, Principal James said "The administration is committed to work with students by creating a student advisory board containing students from all races. This board will be transparent and begin meeting this week. The board will continue to meet periodically with administration and teachers to discuss equity and respect. The members of this board will be selected as a representation from the diverse experiences and races amongst both staff and students."

    16-year-old Landri Dowell, CHS student, said the removal of the students showed, "we're all handling this together and like we're gonna get through it together and show that we stick together through this whole situation that this is not tolerated and this is not ok."

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